Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Brief Art Exhibition Drawings 15.02.2012

My work is being shown at Brief Art in February 2012.  This exhibition is raising awareness and funds for St. Margaret's Hospice.  The proceeds of all sold work will be donated to the hospice.  The two drawings below are of my featured work in progress as I prepare to submit my work for the show.  One image is of the recent floods in NewJersey in October 2012, and one is of the beautifully frightening dust plumes occurring off the coast of Alaska.

Mantoloking Bridge: New Jersey


Dust: 23.10.2012 Gulf of Alaska


New York Flood Drawings

Drawings on the floods from New York in October 2012.  These floods devastated the East coast of America.  These drawings focus on parts of New Jersey, which was severely effected by the flooding.  The topography and landscape completely changed, and became so distant from itself.  

In these drawings I explore the shapes of destruction created by the water.  I am exploring the changing landscape caused by disaster, natural and man-made.

Mantoloking Bridge 31.10.2012, graphite on tracing paper, November 2012, by Jennifer Letchet

Dust Drawings 27.11.12

Drawings of dust plumes off Alaska and Eritrea.

Dust: Eritrea Plumes 21.20.2012, graphite on tracing paper, November 2012 by Jennifer Letchet

Dust: 23.10.2012 Gulf of Alaska; Flour, graphite on tracing paper, November 2012, by Jennifer Letchet

Greenland Glacier 11.2012

New drawings on environmental changes: Flooding, Dust and Glaciers.  These two drawings are of my new piece on the changing contours of Greenland due to their melting glaciers.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Review: David Nash at Kew Gardens 31.10.12

From June 2012 until April 2012 British Land Artist David Nash is showing his sculptures at Kew Gardens.  From the off, this seems the ideal setting for Nash's work, but for me I struggled to find the work, it got lost in the hot houses, camouflaged amongst the tropical plants and trees.  When you do happen upon a sculpture it was in an intimate manner; the sculptures are secluded, enshrouded in the undergrowth.

Nash creates his works from nature: using a chain-saw, an axe and a blow torch he carves, chisels, cuts and blackens his sculptures.  The black tones give depth, and an almost painterly touch.  The rough angles and deep cuts give a sense of formal masculinity akin to the good old days of Minimalism.  It evokes images of Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Tony Smith.

The monochrome clean lines and shapes which lie between organic and geometric contrast with the green wilderness of Kew.  Simultaneously, his sculptures herald from nature and seek to merge with it.  They embrace nature and almost seem to want to living and growing organisms themselves.  The real contrast is of the living breathing plants and the deadened and hardened wood sculptures.  They embody death and sit like headstones in dense and beautiful hot house.

I recommend making a visit to see Nash, as with the changing colours of Kew, the sculptures seem to become more lived in, and the overall aspect changes, as the landscape develops.  His work can be seen dotted around the hot houses, larger sculptures are found in open spaces and smaller works are exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.

Please see below photographs of David Nash's work, as well as of the aspects of Kew Gardens.